Pyelonephritis In Dogs

Pyelonephritis is a bacterial infection that occur in the kidneys and ureters. This is an infection of the upper respiratory tract. Most cases of pyelonephritis are sequel to infections of the lower urinary tract moving up into the upper part of the urinary tract. Sometimes, an abnormality in the anatomy of the dog’s urinary tract can increase the animal’s risk of developing pyelonephritis. Dogs with diabetes are also more predisposed to lower urinary tract infections and consequently pyelonephritis. 

Dogs with pyelonephritis can show the following symptoms:

  • Straining to urinate and only a small dribble of urine is often voided
  • Frequent urination with little or no urine
  • Urinary accidents committed in the house
  • Blood-tinged urine
  • Licking persistently at their vulva or penis
  • Lethargy 
  • Fever
  • Vomiting
  • Decrease or loss of appetite
  • Pain when the spot near the kidneys is touched and palpated

Any of these symptoms when exhibited by your dog should warrant an appointment with your New Orleans, LA vet clinic.

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